Development Director

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary negotiable, DOE.




904 West 2nd Street
Little Rock
United States


The ACLU of Arkansas seeks a dynamic, experienced development professional to build and conduct a philanthropy program with a strong emphasis on major gifts. This is a senior position reporting directly to the Executive Director.


Major Gifts First and foremost, responsible for developing and executing a comprehensive development program that focuses on major gifts with clear fund-raising goals and targets:

o Expand our pool of major donors with gift-making capacity of $10,000+;

o Identify high-level prospects and conduct meetings for qualifications, cultivations and face-to-face solicitations;

o Partner with our executive director to develop and support her work with her own portfolio;

o Be responsible for the “back-end” work of a development shop as well;

o Draft and send donor correspondence and gift proposals: ensure that contributions are acknowledged quickly and thoughtfully, that all appropriate stewardship is done and that gifts are recorded in a timely manner; and

o Work with our staff, board of directors and other volunteers to nurture a culture of philanthropy.

 Planned Giving 

o Steward existing planned giving donors;

o Pursue strategies including marketingto expand planned giving programs.


o Maintain the accuracy, security and hygiene of our donorand development files, including giving histories, profiles, interactions, etc.;

o Help transition to our new, comprehensive donor/constituent management system in 2018;

o Track development goals, prepare regular reports (analyze gifts, results, trends, projections, etc.) and communicate results to appropriate audiences;

o Oversee production of formal reports for internal and external purposes;

o Enforce confidentiality and work quality requirements within the organization’s development functions; and

o Oversee the creation and production of development messages and materials.


Cooperative Work

o Work with staff to maximize success on specific goals and cross-department initiatives;

o Take advantage of the support and resources offered by the ACLU National office and partner with them on state and national goals; and

o Share resources and best practices with peers at ACLU offices around the country.


o Successful track record of identifying, cultivating and soliciting gifts from individual major donors and prospects;

o At least 3 years of demonstrated experience in nonprofit fundraising w/ an emphasis on individual major gifts and/or work in developing/managing relationships with donor portfolios (knowledge of AR philanthropic community a plus);

o Bachelor’s degree and/or an equivalent combination of education and experience;

o Personal commitment to civil liberties principles and an understanding of and appreciation for the ACLU’s values, mission and goals;

o Commitment to diversity--with a personal approach that values individuals and respects differences of race, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, ability and socio-economic circumstance--plus the ability to work with diverse individuals within the organization and in the broader community;

o Exceptional initiative, vision and ambition;

o Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; 

o Demonstrated leadership skills, successfully directing people at all levels in executing development-related activities;

o Follow-through and the ability to meet tight deadlines;

o Willingness and ability to work beyond a 9-5 workday as needed;

o Knowledge of and comfort with budgeting and financial management principles;

o (Desirable) Experience working with advocacy or community-based organizations;

o Proficiency in Microsoft’s Office suite, social media communications and fundraising applications; and

o Ability and willingness to travel regularly in-state and occasionally out-of-state, with possession of a valid driver’s license or driver’s privilege card and a reliable vehicle.


Excellent benefits package include fully paid family medical and dental insurance, matched 401(k) plan, paid life and long-term disability insurance,paid vacation (two weeks to start), and generous paid holidays. We also offer flexibility for life’s interruptions.

It is an exciting time to join the ACLU of Arkansas. This trusted and respected organization is on the front lines of some of today’s most important issues and is now receiving unprecedented levels of public support. We are currently supported by 6,500 donors and members, reflecting significant growth since the November 2016 elections. We are looking to increase our organization’s resources dramatically to continue this growth and expand our organization’s impact.

The Development Director is a senior management position who reports to the Executive Director.

We are located in Little Rock, Arkansas, a city known for its “livability.” Little Rock has been recognized in recent years by major publications (Forbes, Kiplinger, Gallup, et. al.) as a top U.S. city overall and for lifestyle, outdoors/the environment, healthy living, happiness and value, where educational and cultural offerings continue to grow.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Send a cover letter, resume, three professional references and a short (two-page) business writing sample to the ACLU of Arkansas by mail or email. Please indicate how you learned about the position. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position has been filled. Applications without cover letters will not be acknowledged.

By (please put “Development Director” and your last name in the subject line.)

The ACLU of Arkansas is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU of Arkansas encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability or veteran status.

The ACLU of Arkansas undertakes affirmative action strategies in its recruitment and employment efforts to assure that persons with disabilities have full opportunities for employment in all positions.